Born from a desire to recognize standout individuals in the European freeskiing community, the European Skier of the Year contest presented by Monster Energy and anon has been hosted by Downdays since 2014.


Semifinals round

pick the four skiers you want to see in the finals and click “Vote” in each match.

Semifinals voting is open until Midnight (CET) on Sunday, 29 January.


WoMen’s semifinals #1

Kelly Sildaru vs. Mathilde Gremaud

Two former ESOTY winners and current contest heavyweights face off in our first women’s semifinals match. Kelly Sildaru (voted European Skier of the Year in 2014, 2017 and 2019) claimed five World Cup podiums while competing in three disciplines, winning the overall Crystal Globe. She also won X Games halfpipe and took Olympic bronze in slopestyle. Mathilde Gremaud (voted European Skier of the Year in 2021) brought home two medals from the Olympics (gold in Slopestyle and bronze in Big Air), and took second in X Games slopestyle.

WoMen’s semifinals #2

Tess Ledeux vs. Hedvig Wessel

It’s freestyle versus freeride in our second women’s semifinals. Tess Ledeux brought home two gold medals from the X Games in Big Air and Slopestyle, won Olympic silver in Big Air and two World Cups. Hedvig Wessel podiumed at three stops on her way to second place overall on the Freeride World Tour. She also co-founded the Sister Summit, filmed for Warren Miller Entertainment’s Daymaker and continued her vlog series, Hedvig’s Way.

Men’s semifinals #1

Birk Ruud vs. Jesper Tjäder

It’s a Scandinavian showdown in the men’s semifinals. Birk Ruud dominated the contest scene in 2022, winning a mind-boggling five World Cups in both slopestyle and big air while claiming Olympic gold at the Beijing Big Air. Jesper Tjäder tasted redemption with an Olympic medal of his own, a bronze in slopestyle, and also claimed the world record for the longest rail slide: 154.49 meters!


Men’s semifinals #2

Markus Eder vs. Nikolai Schirmer

Markus Eder took a leading role in Matchstick Productions’ Anywhere From Here, solidifying his status as a backcountry freestyle legend. He also appeared in “Nevia,” took third at the Nendaz Backcountry Invitational, stomped bangers at Ritsch’s Roll and won a Sports Emmy for “Ultimate Run.” After an early-season injury that threatened to sideline him for the season, Nikolai Schirmer returned to form in record time to continue his reign as skiing’s most savvy content creator with an entire series of high-quality movie projects, from “Eulogy of a Steep Skier” to “Wavy 2.” If you haven’t dabbled in his YouTube channel yet, a deep dive is highly recommended.